Leadership Profile

Marcelo Modica

Chief People Officer

Marcelo Modica is the Chief People Officer for Mercer. In this capacity, Marcelo is responsible for Mercer’s people strategy, aligned with the company’s purpose and mission to service Mercer’s 25,000 colleagues in 40+ countries. Marcelo delivers this strategy through managing all aspects of human resources, including employee experience and communication, professional development, talent management, compensation, and staffing. He is the Executive Sponsor of Mercer’s Rising Professionals Business Resource Network and a member of Mercer’s Executive Leadership Team.


Marcelo joined Mercer from JPMorgan Chase, where he was General Manager for Chase Hispanic Customers, responsible for driving a culturally relevant strategy for Hispanic customers across Chase. Prior to this role, he was Managing Director and Head of Human Resources for Chase’s Consumer and Business Banking.


Before joining Chase, Marcelo was the Chief Human Resources Officer for Discover Financial Services, where he developed and led Discover’s talent strategy and managed the unit’s spin-off from Morgan Stanley in 2007. He was a member of Discover’s Management and Operational Risk Committees. Marcelo joined Morgan Stanley in 1994 and held a number of positions in human resources before his move to Discover in 2006. Marcelo also worked for Prudential Securities and Lehman Brothers.


Outside of Mercer, Marcelo serves as an independent board member of Gregory’s Coffee, based in New York City, and as an Advisory Board Member for Siena College’s School of Business and HERE to HERE, a nonprofit focused on advancing the future of work for inner-city youth in New York City. Marcelo has also served as a member of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Task Force focused on enhancing the organization’s culture and environment in line with its mission.


Marcelo earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Siena College in New York and a master’s degree in organizational psychology from Columbia University.